Haryana to launch rural scheme on Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary

With a view to ensure direct participation of youth in rural development, a scheme will be launched in Haryana on January 12 to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Take Rs 50,000 and abort, Bihar panchayat tells raped girl

A panchayat (village body) in Bihar has ordered a girl, who was raped by four brothers and is now seven months pregnant, to take Rs 50,00 and undergo an abortion, police said on Thursday.

Watch video: Braveheart Rohtak sisters beat molesters with belt inside moving bus
Watch video: Braveheart Rohtak sisters beat molesters with belt inside moving bus

In yet another shameful incident highlighting concerns about women's safety while at the same time in a rare show of courage against eve teasing, two sisters fought three men who were reportedly harassing them onboard a bus in Haryana. The two college-going girls thrashed the men inside a Haryana Roadways Bus as fellow passengers played mute spectators to the episode.

NHRC sends notice to GDA over police inaction in gang-rape case

National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad District Authority for police "inaction" in a case of alleged gang-rape of a girl under the influence of village panchayat.

Clean India campaign: Govt to fund to village panchayats

Over 2,47,000 village panchayats in the country will get Rs 20 lakh per annum for 'Clean India' campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

Take Rs 2 lakh and abort, Bihar panchayat tells raped girl

A panchayat in Bihar has ordered a minor rape victim to take Rs 2 lakh and undergo abortion, police said on Wednesday.

Over 50% panchayats in Bihar don`t have banking service

At a time when the Centre has launched an ambitious scheme to ensure that each family gets a bank account, the expansion of banks in Bihar has moved at snail`s pace with over 50 percent panchayats still to be covered by its service.

Minor raped in Jharkhand on panchayat`s diktat

A minor was raped in Jharkhand allegedly on the panchayat`s diktat after her brother was accused of molesting and trying to rape a woman, police said Wednesday.

Irregularities in MGNREGS: FIR against panchayat chief, 6 others

An FIR has lodged against Harikaranpur gram panchayat pradhan and six others in connection with irregularities in implementation of central rural job scheme and misuse of funds.

Over 99 percent of HP panchayats connected with roads

Himachal Pradesh government today said that 3,017 panchayats in the state have already been connected with a wide network of roads and work is on to link the remaining 216.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council passes panchayat ombudsman bill

Decks were cleared for the setting up of a Panchayat Ombudsman to probe graft and maladministration cases as a bill in that regard was passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council.

SIT members meet family members of slain TMC leader

Two of the four-member special investigation team formed by the Calcutta High Court to probe the murder of an independent panchayat member in Birbhum district on Saturday met his family members.

AJKPC welcomes Cabinet nod for Panchayati Raj Act amendments

All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has welcomed state Cabinet`s approval to extend provisions of 73rd constitutional amendment to the state for empowering panchayati raj institutions.

Pak panchayat orders `gang-rape` of sister over brother`s alleged affair

A Pakistani panchayat has been accused of ordering gang-rape of a 40-year-old woman in revenge for her brother`s alleged affair.

Deadlock between district authorities, panchayat continue in Odisha

The month-long deadlock between the district authorities and panchayat members of Bandhugaon block of Odisha`s Koraput district is on despite the administration`s steps to break it.

Bihar panchayat bans cell phones for unwed girls

A village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member on Wednesday.

Bihar govt to strengthen panchayati raj institutions

Bihar govt has decided to constitute independent monitoring committee for technical assessment of development works in addition to formulating rules for taxation at Panchayat level, Nitish Kumar said.

Panchayat orders boycott of murder accused families in Bihar

A village panchayat in Bihar ordered social boycott of four men accused of abducting and killing a five-year-old-boy in Gopalganj district.

HC asks U`khand to hold rural polls on basis of 2011 census

The Uttarakhand High Court today directed the state government to conduct the forthcoming panchayat elections in the state on the basis of 2011 census.

Goa govt mulls amending Panchayati Raj Act

The Goa government is contemplating an amendment in the Panchayati Raj Act allowing elections for panchayats to be held at party level.